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Cyber-incident report points out trends for companies to beware

Tammy Whitehouse | April 27, 2017

With cyber-attacks becoming increasingly sophisticated, companies should study trends not just across markets in general but also within their specific industry sector for the latest insight into where they may have unmitigated risks.

The latest installment of Verizon’s annual data breach investigations report suggests the risks are different not just by size of company or geographic location, but also the nature of the business and even the nature of its business partners. Educational institutions are emerging as an increasingly popular target for hackers, for example, perhaps because they partner often with government and industry on research that could contain sensitive secrets, says Dave Hylender, a senior risk analyst at Verizon Business who helped author the report. The report offers “hot spots,” or common risks, for companies in financial services, health care, manufacturing, and other...

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